GOVERNING BODY UPDATE NOVEMBER 2017
Governors have made a number of visits, both formal and informal, to school in recent weeks:
The Premises and Safety Committee met at the end of last month, with roof repairs, pipework maintenance and interior decorating of the school being the main items discussed. Governors were also updated on budget issues and fire drills, and a general tour of the school was undertaken.
The Strategy and Learning Committee met recently, resulting in a very productive and informative meeting. Topics covered included the School Improvement Plan, Teacher Appraisal and the School Self Review. Also discussed were the School Learning Policy and also the need for new Reading Books throughout school following a new initiative implemented this term.
The Finance Committee met to hear the Budget Monitoring Report for the Autumn Term , presented by Mr Smallman the school budget officer, who is also a Governor and an invaluable asset to the Governing Body. Mr Smallman and Mr Jones were able to update the committee on the latest Local Authority Budget Consultation. In addition, the School Staffing Structure was reviewed along with several relevant policies, and the Committee were also able to approve expenditure for the new reading books mentioned above.
Finally on the formal side, the Full Governing Body met on the 6th November. The very full agenda included the committees mentioned above reporting back to the FGB, followed by the Head Teacher’s report. Members also reviewed the School Improvement Plan and various circulars for information, including the revised Local Authority Guidelines for Unauthorised Leave of Absence.
Mr Rouse updated members on the Governor Self Review Training, the second part of which is scheduled to take place in the near future. Individual Governors also reported back on their additional visits to school.
I met with Mr Skett (Deputy Head) to discuss end of year (2016-17) data analysis of SATs results, and Year Group attainment and progress. Extra data regarding Gender, SEND and other groups of pupils is being prepared for a follow up meeting.
I then met with the Senior Management Team, again with the focus of discussion on groups of pupils. I found this meeting extremely useful and will next meet with Governors on an informal basis to share this information.
Below are reports from visits undertaken by Mrs Handley (Governor for English), and Mrs Williams and Mrs Underhill (SEND Governors). My sincere thanks to them for their time and efforts.
Chair of Governors
English Review in the Early Years 2.11.17.
I met with Miss S.Stretton, Foundation Stage Coordinator and Assistant Head, and Miss B.Grillo, Key Stage One Coordinator, to discuss and review English in the Early Years. My main aims were to monitor children’s progress, identify challenges and discuss proposed actions. The following is a summary of the main points:
SEND Update Governors Training
We attended this training course on the 13th October.
Part One involved studying the updated SEND Code of Practice and looking at any significant national/local changes affecting school. There is a strong focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes throughout the document.
Part Two was examining all schools’ legal obligations under the SEN and Disability Regulations 2014, with regard to Identifying, Assessing, Making Provision for pupils, Reporting Information and Accessibility and Admission arrangements. We were particularly pleased to note that Oakham was already complying with all the above arrangements.
Part Three deals with future actions:
In addition to the above Training, we also attended the Positive Behaviour Management Course which took place in school recently. The course was run by the LA Inclusion Support Behaviour Team for the benefit of Lunchtime Staff and was very interesting and helpful.
Mrs P. Williams
Mrs A. Underhill